Parents' Guide to

Gibbon: Beyond the Trees

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Charming primate adventure includes powerful messages.

Game Apple Arcade 2022
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Between the engaging gameplay, attractive presentation, and important message, this is an extraordinary addition to the Apple Arcade family of games. Gibbon: Beyond the Trees isn't a perfect adventure, mind you, but it's pretty close to an instant classic. The fun is the freedom of swinging through the trees and exploring the different ways to reach your destination. That includes mastering the momentum of your movement, working with fellow gibbons (reinforcing cooperative themes), and unlocking new environments (and environmental challenges) that challenge your wits, timing, and patience. It really is a beautifully crafted game, so once you get over the learning curve of the touch-based controls -- and there most definitely is one -- you can focus less on maneuvering your gibbon and more on appreciating the aesthetics and level design.

That is one of the bigger issues with the game: that, truthfully, frustration with the controls may cause you to uninstall the game quickly after starting. The other issue with Gibbon: Beyond the Trees is its brevity. While it may not be that much of an issue for some, there's only a couple of hours of play here in the main story campaign and Liberation mode, which offers procedurally generated jungle scenes. Perhaps the developers can add more content over time. That said, there are unlockable achievements to earn, too. If you can get past a tricky first few minutes of learning the ropes with this game, you certainly won't be disappointed in Gibbon: Beyond the Trees. Give yourself a bit of time to fall for the game's charm -- and message.

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